Wow it really has been a while since I have blogged. Hold onto your hats because this is a doozy! 😉

I have been struggling with my healthy goals the last 6 months or so.  I have gained 20 pounds back. This is infuriating to me.  I completely understand How it happened.  There is no mystery there. It is simple Math, (God I hate Math) I eat too much and move too little. BAM!

I  now believe I am coming to understand the Why.

I have known parts of this for a while now but I believe I am on the verge of a breakthrough…Gods I hope so..sheesh…anyway- There are many things I enjoy. Call them hobbies, interests, or passions. Combine my craving to do them with the fact that I am a mother, wife, & employee with a house to tend to and now 20 pounds to lose and prioritizing becomes a necessity. No surprises there.

There are the things that are a “Given.” You do them no matter what- clean dishes, bathrooms, laundry, pay bills, grocery shop etc. Then there are Priorities. For me right now we are getting the house in order because we want to sell it and move. After the Givens and Priorities you have your Interests. I seem to be only able to do one Interest or pastime at a time. When I do it, I do it with obsessive gusto. So if watching tv is what I fancy I do it for hours, or craft, read, or workout etc.

My disconnect seems to be twofold. One is the fact that my hobbies take over and I make them a Priority. This is a definite no-no but hobbies are enjoyable, refinishing countertops is not. lol The second part of that is I can only do the one hobby at a time. I consider fitness as an Interest or passion. So for instance if I am in reading, or looming, or  tv mode, fitness is put on a shelf.

I need to figure out how to do 2 things. The first is to make healthy eating a Given and fitness a Priority. The second this is to be able to have a broader focus. In other words have more than 1 Priority at a time, ie fitness and project “X.” This is a huge trouble spot for me. I seem to be All In or nothing.

Balance Danielson…Balance and a shift in my thinking is what I need.

Pray for me lol

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Ready to Rock!

I have to say that 2013 was a great year.  Last year saw friendships begin it saw them end. In it I reached passed my original weight loss goal, something I didn’t think was possible.  It was the year I discovered that I loved running and decided to do an untrained for, mock half marathon. I did it. I also could barely walk for  2 days LOL but I digress. I got a job that supplemented our income and I actually enjoy showing up for it- that my friends, is a total win! 😉

In October I married the man my soul loves.

There were a few rough patches in there but that is life.  I embrace the ups and downs. I relish learning about myself and others. I enjoy my victories large and small. New challenges await- patience or rather the need to be better at having it tops my list.  Hell or high water I AM saving some money- I want a real house with a backyard and a basement. I want to lose those last few pounds.. Nutrition is also a top priority. I am making a firmer commitment to my fitness and I want to complete a real half marathon.

So long 2013 you treated me well but I am ready to make 2014 shine even brighter.


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Going to the chapel and we’re gonna get married

Hope you are singing it with me!

I am super excited. This Saturday I marry my Love. Honestly I feel married already, we are simply making it official with our parents, siblings and a few of our closest friends. Part of me wishes that we were having a large reception. There are so many people I would love to share our joy with that a small reception just won’t accommodate. They will be in my heart and we, will hopefully be in theirs.

My wedding day is nearly here and I feel as if I will have to wait a lifetime for it. LOL The twisted things that excited anticipation will do to you! This day is going to be perfect. My whole life I have wanted to be married outside, in nature, in the fall under the trees. He asked me at one of our favorite places to hike.  Once we picked a date, ie I picked a date lol, I called the park and asked where we could have our wedding. They offer 3 spots- one of which is my FAVORITE place in there. I call it Narnia. To me it looks like then entrance to a magical kingdom.

My Love and I both love Autumn and Halloween so the month of October was a no brainer but I picked the day strategically because it is typically the best week for fall leaf color. Cross your fingers. As for our love of Halloween, I will let the pictures I post tell you how we incorporated that into the mix. 😉 I made all of the decorations. My almost Mother in Law made the favors. Everything is perfectly “Us”

It appears we are having a warm October- which is amazing. I researched it all the way back to 2007 and lets just say we should have all been quite cold. But as of this morning the weather report says 72 and sunny.

As far as weightloss goes I am nearly there. I would like to lose 5ish more pounds but that is all for cosmetic reasons. I achieved a healthy weight sometime ago and have been maintaining for now. As you all know- some days are much better than others! lol

Hope you all have a WONDEROUS day!

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It all started..

It all started a week ago. My love woke up on Sunday morning and announced that he had an errand to run. Well Sunday’s are our days together and we always grocery shop and what have you.  I asked why I couldn’t come.  He just smiled and said “Because you can’t” After some badgering (No that can’t be right I would NEVER badger him lol ) he told me he was going out to get something for me. A prize? For me? YAY! 🙂

He went out that day and then last night he tells me that he has to make a stop after work. “Where?” I ask. “I can’t tell you” is his reply. (by now I am a little irritated by all of the ‘secrets’ between us 😛 ) He brought my prize home but I still couldn’t have it. And he was funny last night. He kept asking what time I would be off of work this morning.  Something was definitely fishy.

This morning I STILL wasn’t granted my damn gift. He had it all planned, he said.

We went to a local park for a hike.  We used to walk there all of the time but with his work schedule we just haven’t been able to.  I always enjoy our walks. We talk endlessly.  Near the end of the trail he wanted to sit down. (He never sits down. WE never sit down) He picked a bench near a stream in the trees. It was quite beautiful


(See ..told ya 😉 )

We spent some time relaxing. (By relaxing I mean getting DEVOURED by mosquitoes lol) And he asked me if I wanted my prize. I said “yes”, but I thought “Of course I want my damn prize you ninny, you’ve been tormenting me for a week!” He told me to close my eyes and hold out my hand- “No peeking” Then he made me cover my closed eyes. (Overkill much?) 😉 He asked me if I would still want my prize if it was a hairy spider. Dear god I hate spiders. I am terrified. So I of course told him if it was furry and crawled in my hand I would throw it into the water.  He was upset that I would discard Mona. (Yes he named the imaginary spider lol) So with my hand out he started to tickle my palm. No he didn’t fool me.  (Nice try Joe)

Then he placed it in my hand. (dear lord I need to stay out of chemicals and water lol…look at those hands! )



So that is how it happened. I got engaged to the Love of my Life today. He took me to one of our favorite places and made it special. As a bonus he gave me the ring I wanted- a white gold band with a heart shaped diamond solitaire ring.

Today was a perfect day 🙂


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I Don’t Care- I love it!

Ordinarily I post about health, fitness, or weight loss.  This is after all a blog dedicated to fitness. Today I have a little something different on my mind.

Last night my sister and I went to a concert.  We saw the Package Tour show featuring Boyz II Men, 98 Degrees, and NKOTB.  We went for NKOTB.  I love them as much now as I did 25 years ago. We were blessed enough to be front row on the floor.  We stood next to the stage all night.  It was amazing.  They were close enough to touch and touch we did.  I got me a little bit of Jonathon Knights hand and got to rub Joey McIntyres leg.  Ew..that sounds creepy. lol I promise it wasn’t!

I have seen them 3 times total- in 1990, 2009, and last night…and I would go again-in a heartbeat.

Priceless memories were made last night with my sister. I will cherish them forever.


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Today was a long day at work.  I clean homes for a living and we had 6 if those puppies today 😛 I had brought along  my gym bag with the intention of heading there when we finished.  Truth be told, by the end of the day I didn’t much feel like going, but I went.

I figured I would just do what I felt like and then go home. In light of the strenuous day I had, I gave myself permission to be tired and to “do what I can.”

Out of nowhere I ran…and ran…and ran..and then ran some more. I ran for 70 minutes without stopping, without a single step walked. I have never even come close to running that long before.  I think the treadmill I was on had a crush on me 😉 because I  also broke my PR(Personal Record) for farthest distance run and crushed my best time for a 10K.

Who in the bloody hell was that girl in the gym? Cuz the girl in the car was tired lol

I am so glad I opted for fitness and not the couch.

You never know what you are capable of until you try so TRY, you just might surprise yourself!

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“Is that a challenge” (hope you read that like Mufasa :) )

I thought today would be a great day to invite you all to have a little fun- fitness fun that is. Fitness and good health are a lifelong endeavor but you have to start somewhere. So why not here?

I am hosting a 7 day challenge. It will start next Monday. No you don’t have to buy anything. Just bring your enthusiasm and desire to jumpstart into long life a feeling great!  Comment this post or send me an email for details at If those options don’t work for you, lol, then click this link!

Let’s Fire it Up!

Have a rockin day peeps! 🙂

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Cruel to be Kind

Blog title simply because that dang song is stuck in my freaking Remember it? “…cruel to be kind in the right measure, cruel to be kind it’s a very good sign. Cruel to be kind means that I love you. Baby, you gotta be cruel to be kind…”

Onto business!

So I had a FANTASTIC weekend. The best I have had in a long time and I typically enjoy them all. I was busy being a social butterfly all weekend. Friday night my honey and I drove over an hour away to see a buddy play. The band he is with now is really pretty dang good. Saturday I went to the Detroit Zoo with my youngest and my “step son”. We met up with one of my best friends and her Mom. Then yesterday my honey and I went to the nursery and bought a whole bunch of flowers for the yard. Last night I went to a bday party for my girlfriends Mom and had a blast there!

Problem being I got a lil tipsy last night and didn’t feel full after my 1st burger so I sorta ate another ….and some licorice…Oops? lol Dang alcohol 😛 So today I will be doing a mini detox of sorts. Smoothies for breakfast and lunch to be followed by a well balanced dinner. I am planning on  a couple veggies chicken breast cooked in some fashion…might marinate it in lemon juice and herbs.

Needless to say I will be working out, per usual. I forget to eat well from time to time but my fitness is pretty well programmed in at this point. I love to move. So a HIIT this morning and I am thinking a hike this afternoon.

Have a beautiful day people!!!!! If you happen to see me- hide your licorice! 😉 lol

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Foiled Again!

So I changed my game plan up.  You know what happened? I broke my plateau.  The scale FINALLY went down lower than my previous low.  Would you like to know what happened today? It went back up.

Sometimes I hate the human body.

That is all for today. lol Carry on with whatever important thing you were doing before I interrupted with my nonsensical rant.

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I love Free Will

I am changing the game plan.  I have been doing TurboFire for almost 2 months.  I want to make it clear that I love the program. I love it more than any other program I have used.  It works and it is tough but best of all it is truly fun.  However 2 months of even a good thing gets boring. LOL That is, if you are me anyway.  Plus I am attempting to pull off 1000 fitness miles in 2013.  I am pitifully behind, 124 miles behind where I should be, to be exact.  So I am shifting my focus.

Mileage is going to be my number one priority-at  least until I catch the heck up.  This doubles as training for my half marathon in November.  So it serves 2 purposes. BAM! Look at me multitasking. lol I  still intend  to get my TurboFire on-every other day.  I will do one of the HIIT routines.  On my heavy mileage days my goal is to do at least 10 min of circuit training.  I still have 13 pounds to lose.  (It is actually 15 but I refuse to count the 2 lbs I gain last week) lol

Nope don’t even try to argue with my messed up logic.  It is futile, I promise 😛

In other news, I invented a new smoothie this morning.

Carrie’s Tropical Escape (lots of potassium[approx. 1197 mg] to help flush out extra sodium)

6 oz Coconut Water

3 oz 100% Orange juice

1 small sliced frozen banana

1 cup frozen pineapple chunks

1 handful baby spinach

1/2 scoop protein powder

316 calories of Total Yum 🙂

I hope you all have a fantastic day!

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